Williams raises $446,943 in most recent report, outpacing GOP primary rivals

04/20/2011 03:23 PM

The GOP gubernatorial ticket of Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer have raised $446,943 in the first few months of 2011, heavily outpacing their two primary opponents in fundraising.

According to a release from the Williams-Farmer campaign, the new fundraising report brings the campaign’s total raised funds to $1.12 million so far. The campaign has a tad under $670,000 cash on hand.

Williams’ report was not available immediately online.

Williams’ latest fund-raising report shows he out-paced his two rivals in the Republican primary for governor, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, when it comes to fund-raising. Holsclaw reported more than $22,000 raised during the same period. Moffett’s latest report has not yet been posted online, but isn’t expected to claim to have raised more than Williams.

“We are on track to execute a great plan that will unite Republicans behind a conservative ticket that has the ideas, organization and energy to beat Steve Beshear in November,” Donald Storm, Kentucky’s former State Adjutant General and chair of the Williams-Farmer campaign, said.

But Williams is still far behind Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democratic incumbent who is running for re-election and is unchallenged during the primary. Earlier this week, Beshear’s re-election campaign reported raising $1.2 million for the period and having $3.3 million cash on hand.

But in Williams’ campaign’s release, they noted the last gubernatorial challenger who won a contested primary and went on to defeat an incumbent governor was Beshear in 2007. According to Williams’ campaign, Beshear raised $1.1 million at the same point and under the same circumstances as Williams this year.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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